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Published on August 28th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

Published on August 28th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD

 

Thermal characterization of polymers and ceramics: For automotive materials and beyond

Netzsch’s North American Training Academy is on tour, and it may be coming to a location near you. The Thermal Characterization of Polymers and Ceramics seminar will focus on instruments and applications for thermal analysis and thermal properties measurement of advanced materials with focus on automotive materials. The day-long seminar costs just $45 and includes lecture materials, breakfast, and lunch.

 

CoorsTek Medical expands its medical-grade ceramic production capacity

CoorsTek Medical announced a five-year, multi-million dollar capital investment program to support the growing worldwide demand for its ceramic hip replacement components and turn-key hip arthroplasty solutions. The investment funds a twenty-fold production expansion of these products as major medical device manufacturers adopt the company’s CeraSurf medical-grade ceramics.

 

PPG Foundation donates $120,000 to Penn State Materials Research program

The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $120,000 to the Pennsylvania State University for its Materials Research Institute Student Assistantship Program and additional programming. This marks the third year the PPG foundation has supported Penn State undergraduate students participating in the 10-week summer program, this year funding eight fellowships as well as one graduate student for a full year’s research along with additional student opportunities.

 

Avalon starts pilot plant program on lithium separation project

Avalon Rare Metals Inc. announced that a $750,000 pilot plant program has commenced on the company’s Separation Rapids Lithium Project located near Kenora, Ontario. The 2015 pilot plant program will provide a trial of the new lithium minerals process flow sheet developed at the bench scale over the past year. A total of 30 tonnes of crushed ore will be shipped to a laboratory in Germany for processing to produce a minimum of 1 tonne of pure lithium mineral (petalite) concentrate.

 

Air Products supplies integrated oxy-fuel solution to Techpack Solutions

Air Products, a leader in oxy-fuel combustion technology and integrated solutions to the global glass industry, today announced it has been selected by Techpack Solutions in Korea to supply its integrated oxy-fuel solution. It is Air Products’ second project to support this leading Korean container glassmaker to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency and productivity.

 

Innovnano welcomes Luís Almeida

Innovnano welcomes Luís Almeida as operations director, with responsibilities for production, maintenance, and logistics. Luis has over 20 years in process management, field operations, and commerce in chemical technology sectors. With an MSc in chemical engineering and biochemistry and postgraduate studies in executive management, his career has been dedicated to high performance industrial environments and continuous improvement culture.

 

Vitro announces expansion of production capacity for flat glass

Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V., the leading glass producer in Mexico, announced expansion of its production capacity of flat glass through construction of a new float glass furnace, which it is estimated to become operational in 2017. This furnace will be added to the current capacity of three furnaces. In addition to this expansion, the float glass furnace operating in Mexicali will enter a repairing phase in mid-2016 that will also be used to expand its production capacity.

 

Europe, US may invest in Iran glass industry

German, Italian, and U.S. companies have indicated readiness to invest in Iran’s glass manufacturing industry, head of the Iranian Glass and Crystal Producers Association says. They made their intentions known to Iranian officials during visits by European delegations to Tehran recently in the wake of last month’s conclusion of nuclear negotiations, local media quoted Ahmad Amir-Ahmadi as saying.

 


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